Eric Snider, writing for Film.com:
You see, these lesser-known film festivals are the hidden gems of the movie world. I’m not going to claim that the overall roster of movies at Oxford is as good as the lineup at a typical Sundance, but the difference between them isn’t as great as you might think, either. If you’re a film buff who can’t afford to travel to the top festivals, you would do well to check out whatever is happening in your own backyard.
The Oxford, Mississippi film fest has been one of my personal favorites for a few years now. The festival's focus on bringing great independent films to an underserved audience – regardless of the pedigree of those films – never waivers.